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What's on your workbench today?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by guitarbuilder, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. cooltouch

    cooltouch TDPRI Member

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    This is hardly workbench material, but it is something I've been pondering recently -- a neck change on my Squier Bullet Strat. The Squier Bullet is just your basic Bullet. It's an HSS layout, actually sounds really good, and is a good player with its standard neck. The edges of the frets could stand some dressing, but other than that, it plays well.

    So I was visiting Warmoth's website the other day, and I discovered that they now offer a wide Strat neck, with a full 1-7/8" nut width. I've played classical guitar for many years, so I prefer wide nuts. I even built a steel string acoustic for myself with a 1-7/8" wide nut because I couldn't find one with that nut width. It makes for a decent fingerstyle guitar.

    So anyway, I'm seriously thinking about springing for one of the wide Warmoths, configured the way I want it. Biggest problem is, getting the neck set up the way I want it's gonna cost the better part of $400. Whew, that's a lot to pay for a neck that I'm gonna bolt down onto a $100 guitar.

    But on the plus side, it'll change the entire feel of the guitar for the better -- which might end up making that stiff investment worthwhile.

    My alternatives are limited. I build guitars, and I fashion my own necks from planks of wood. But we moved a while back and I lost my shop when we moved, so making my own neck will be rather difficult. My other option will be to see if I can find one used. But I've never heard of a wide-neck Strat, so I don't know how much luck I'm gonna have with that.

    I've had Warmoth build a custom neck for me before and they do great work -- I love that neck. But almost $400 for a 1-7/8" nut is kind of stiff. So I'm willing to investigate alternatives.

    Any recommendations that I might not have thought of?
     
  2. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

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    Oh you betcha! Filled with tasty matched, low-gauss, 1" A5 rods.
     
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    YALCaster Tele-Meister

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  4. gangreen

    gangreen Tele-Afflicted

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    5-string bass commmiiinnnggggg aallloooonngggg [emoji217][emoji53]
     
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  5. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

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    Careful with the blue. Just ask Rog.
     
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    Bugeater281 Tele-Meister

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    Do you dye the wood before glueing up? That just seems like a nightmare to stain. But I love the look sooo much.
     
  7. LeftFinger

    LeftFinger Friend of Leo's

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    remember this
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    Every piece I plane makes me love white birch a little more
    Curly even
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    Have you used White Birch for a cap?
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    Top or table leaf ?
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  8. gangreen

    gangreen Tele-Afflicted

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    Used frog tape to tape off the curly maple. Applied several light coats of shellac to the rest of the body. Untaped the maple. Taped around the maple with 0.1mm of walnut exposed. Dyed black. Sanded back. Dyed blue. Fairly clean line. Beginners luck likely.
     
  9. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

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    It looks sharp, killer job.
     
  10. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    Not on the bench yet, but it's on the way. Claro walnut billet. I've never spent this much money on wood before in my life :eek: :lol:. The good news is the guitar is already sold. Going waaaay outside my normal build style with this one.

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  11. Mat UK

    Mat UK Tele-Afflicted

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    Holy crap, that's beautiful
     
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  12. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

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    That's a gorgeous billet Roger .
     
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    looking very nice
     
  14. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

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    Oh my that's beautiful. What other woods are you going to use on that build?
     
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  15. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    The body will be mahogany capped with that piece of walnut and cream binding. The neck will be curly maple laminated with probably walnut or wenge
     
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    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    OMG - that is a WOW piece Roger! Can't wait to see this one unfold.
     
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  17. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    Wow, that's beautiful.

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  18. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

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    That’s some sweet walnut Rog! But the Curley picture just hooked me and I have to go watch some Three Stooges.
     
  19. nosmo

    nosmo Friend of Leo's

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    Geez Larry, that billet is Mo Curley than any Ive seen!
     
  20. Airguitar

    Airguitar Tele-Meister

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    It can't fit on the bench as is,,, but this is my latest mad project..
    Ca. 1958 Loewe Opta Kora Stereo!!

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